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Warne to sign with Melbourne Stars, Hogg a Scorcher

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November 4, 2011

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Shane Warne entertains the crowd at an Australian Football League match, Melbourne, September 3, 2011
Shane Warne will return to what he does best at the MCG © Getty Images
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Shane Warne is expected to announce his signing with the Melbourne Stars in this summer's Twenty20 Big Bash League.

After a period of doubt about what part Warne would play in the BBL, The Age has reported that Warne will be unveiled as a signing with the Stars next week. It is understood he will be available for all seven games.

While the Stars are at pains to suggest that no official deal has yet been struck, Warne's return to the Australian summer at the age of 42 was always likely to be for the team that will play its home matches at the MCG.

"We understand through Shane Warne's Management that he is still considering offers from several teams, including the Melbourne Stars," the Stars chief executive Clint Cooper said in a statement. "We anticipate a decision as to which team Shane will play for after detailed consideration of all offers within the next week."

Warne's manager, James Erskine, has said that there were plenty of considerations for any decision.

"He went out on the ultimate high in Australia, taking 700 wickets, winning the Ashes. He's as fit as he's ever been and he believes he is still one of the top spin bowlers in the world but he is 42 and realises if he plays there is a certain amount of hype and media attention that comes with that," Erskine told The Age.

"One of the advantages would be that his kids are now old enough to watch him play which they might not have been before. There is a plethora of things to weigh up."

Another former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg, has announced his participation in the BBL, signing on with the Perth Scorchers at the age of 40. Hogg retired from cricket in February 2008.

"I'm a WA boy and really looking forward to being part of the very first Perth Scorchers side for the KFC T20 Big Bash League," Hogg said. "I've been training hard and playing a bit of District cricket the past few years, and I would not be taking on this challenge if I didn't believe that I could have an impact for the Scorchers.

The Scorchers' coach, Mickey Arthur, described Hogg as a "three-in-one" player.

"Hoggy is another of what I would term a three-in-one cricketer as he offers us outstanding skills with the bat, the ball, and in the field," Arthur said. "Even though he turned 40 this year he has still been playing regularly and performing well at WACA District level, and the manner in which he plays and trains belies his age."

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Posted by Meety on (November 7, 2011, 2:53 GMT)

@Gary Reid - all fair points & ones I probably at some stage said or thought, although I do believe that T20 crowds draw from people who wouldn't "waste" a day at the cricket for ODIs or Tests. Generally they would be almost non-cricket fans, (hence the reason that the sides have no State links other than home grounds in some cases). Would of preferred Newcastle, Gold Coast & Geelong as well as Canberra/Darwin getting a side to spread things around a bit more (regionally).

Posted by Shafi79 on (November 6, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

So this Big Bash league is what? an over 40's tournament? Can we please have Lara and Jayasooriya too? and while we are at it Aravinda De silva too? what i wouldnt pay to watch Aravinda again ... :)

Posted by   on (November 6, 2011, 2:14 GMT)

Big mistake making all the new teams up. It would have worked better keeping the six state teams, base a team in the ACT and call one the "Barbarians" or something that didn't tie it to a particular city, so it could be moved around from year to year, if needed.

Personally, I don't watch this T20 stuff too much - it gets boring watching batsmen hitting ball after ball into the stands.

Like Major League Baseball, if you want to watch this, set up an equivalent to their Home Run Derby.

Cricket is going to the well too often with T20; the audience will burn out from watching too many meaningless tournaments.

In 6 months time who will care who won a trophy with a fried chicken impaled on it?

Posted by Meety on (November 5, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - T20 appeals to the mainly non-cricket fan base, but as I have said before, as the BBL is a low cost set up, the risk/return is far safer. There is no desire to get Asian players en masse, because a) few have done well in Oz often enough, b) some sub-continental countries would have too big a price tag, c) there would be conflict between domestic schedules.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 5, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

YAWWWWN... who cares about this Big TRASH League anyway ? and who cares about Warne anymore ? certainly not me. He's a relic of the past and that's where he should be. Without a significant amount of ASIAN cricketers this tournament won't catch the world's attention. The IPL with all its glory still hasn't done much to capture the worldwide audience so it would be naive to think this KFC party would do so. Melbourne stars or Perth Pancakes, T20 is all the same - cricket on steroids !!

Posted by   on (November 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

not murali and kumble,but prasanna ,bedi and venky,chandu are better

Posted by cmonaussiecmon on (November 5, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Go the Perth Scorchers!! And i have to write a minimum of 25 characters so I'm writing this too.

Posted by bubbageil on (November 5, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

Yes Charindra, you keep telliing yourself that.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 5, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

king shane hasnt actually signed yet you that right cricinfo?

Posted by   on (November 5, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

Great to see warne back.Now i am waiting for the return of steve waugh, allan border and DON BRADMAN in the big bash league. :D

Posted by   on (November 5, 2011, 4:43 GMT)

Glad to see Brad Hogg back plsying cricket. Hope he plays at least another two years!

Posted by   on (November 5, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

Warnie looking for the spotlight.. What's new! He was always over-hyped and overrated, mainly by the English media and the Aussies. However i shall admit that he was a brilliant bowler with a good cricketing brain. But it's doubtful whether he would have been so successful or so famous in a smaller nation like SL or Bangla because he wouldn't have been able to take the liberties he did with bowling in the Aus team. A lack of backup or support restricts your freedom and opportunities to experiment. He might have bowled a lot flatter playing in one of those teams.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 5, 2011, 2:49 GMT)

If anyone was overhyped it was freddie flintoff. He had what? One or two good ashes matches. The rest of the time his fielders were collecting the balls from the stands as punter was smacking him around.

Posted by Foxswoop on (November 4, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Hey Ravi Bourne, the Indians will be in Australia but playing proper international cricket, not this hit and giggle stuff. By the way, why do Indians supporters always try and hijack the comments on this website, even when its got nothing to do with them?

Posted by spence1324 on (November 4, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

Hmmmm seems Australia are going the down lets start a IPL type tournament route,well look at want it did to india's test team Que.4-0!

Posted by adhib on (November 4, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

I'll agree Murali and Kumble are the greatest spinners those countries have created. But to say Shane Warne, an elite spinner with 708 wickets is overrateed and overhyped? Have you even watched him play?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

Where are Indian cricketers??? No one...pchayyyy....

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

@ Sir_Freddie_Flintoff its all good being an antagonist but at least have something mildly correct to say. 708 test wickets at 25.41 would tend to disprove your theory of Warne being an average player. Swann really shouldnt be mentioned in the same breath as those other bowlers he is an average player at best.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 4, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

I think the way Warne lives his life, he would probably need to play till 60....

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 4, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

Good to see players like warnie and hoggie coming back, with players like ferguson bringing aussie cricket standards down, its good to see some good older players return back.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (November 4, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Agree with Gautham on Nathan Bracken.

Posted by Nishant2012 on (November 4, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

good to see warnie playing in the big bash..... come on warnie play for rajasthan royals too ;)

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 4, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

Sir_Freddie_Flintoff -- haha yeah completely agree warne was a waste of space. andrew flintoff on the other hand is probably the greatest player of all time. such a world beater haha

Posted by Gizza on (November 4, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

@Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, there are far better things to do on Cricinfo than to troll on an article about Warne.

Posted by MandyBoy on (November 4, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Good To see Warnie associated with the Australian cricket again. Australia should use this opportunity to groom spinners under the magician Shane Warne.

Posted by smudgeon on (November 4, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

Just waiting now for Martin Crowe to announce he's signed to the Canberra Jazz (or something). Nice to hear Brad Hogg is back, though. Dude had a mean flipper.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (November 4, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Shane Warne always was a mediocre but overhyped and overrated bowler. Basically the English media hyped him up because of that Gatting dismissal. In all fariness, Murali, Kumble, Swann, Saqlain Mushtaq are far better spinners than him.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 4, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

HOGGY IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is the best news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im defs going to go to a game now! warne signing was no surprise, but HOGGY!!!!!!!!!! yesss

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Please bring Nathan Bracken and Martyn in some team.. they such such class acts..

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 7:33 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Go the RENEGADES!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Meety on (November 4, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Wonder if Magilla & Dutchie Holland will join too????????

Posted by Scgboy on (November 4, 2011, 6:12 GMT)

good choices and warnie is always worth watching.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 4, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Good to see Brad Hogg my favorite player back to competitive cricket.. Hope he gets many games and shines well..

Posted by   on (November 4, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Bring back Mark Waugh.......

Posted by straight_drive4 on (November 4, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

im a new south welshman but geez i always loved brad hogg. always put in 110% effort. hes in the same category as andy bichel

Posted by nzcricket174 on (November 4, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Its not hard to be as fit as you've ever been when you were never fit in the first place.

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